Lewis Hamilton takes indirect dig at Max Verstappen during Las Vegas GP

The Mercedes star finished at seventh place in the race

By Web Desk
November 20, 2023
Red Bull's Max Verstappen laughs as Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton looks on after qualifying for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix. — F1

Lewis Hamilton took an indirect dig at Red Bull rival Max Verstappen after the latter swept the Las Vegas Grand Prix on Sunday (November 19).

Hamilton didn’t have his best day in terms of luck and finished seventh but despite finishing below than his standards, the 38-year-old was full of praise for the new Vegas street track.

"I'm really happy to have had a positive race and I'm really grateful that the race was so good," Hamilton said. "I don't know how it was as a spectacle to watch but there was so much overtaking. It was like Baku, but better.

"I really wasn't expecting the track to be so great, but the more and more laps I did, I just really loved racing. Lots of great overtaking opportunities. I think for all those who were so negative about the weekend, saying it's all about the show, blah blah blah, I think Vegas proved them wrong."

Although the seven-time world champion didn’t name Verstappen but the comment was directed to the Red Bull ace as he spent most of his weekend in Las Vegas while criticising the event aiming at the track.

"For me, you can all skip these things. It's not about the singer, it's just standing up there, you look like a clown,” Verstappen said before the event had even begun.

"[It's] 99 per cent show, and one per cent sporting event... Not a lot of emotions, to be honest. I just like to always focus on the performance side of things. I don't like all the things around it, anyway. I know, of course, in some places, they are part of it, but let's say it's not in my interest."

However, after the race concluded, the 26-year-old changed his tune about the track as he had just won and admitted that he enjoyed the race.

"You could clearly see with the DRS around here it was very powerful. So, even when you would take the lead, if the guy behind would stay in the DRS, he would still have an opportunity to come back at you, which I think created quite a lot of good racing here today. So it was definitely a lot of fun."